minigun

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English[edit]

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Minigun in use

Etymology[edit]

mini- +‎ gun, so-called because General Electric designers scaled down the rotating-barrel 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon for 7.62×51mm ammunition (in order to create a weapon with a higher and more reliable rate of fire).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪniˌɡʌn/
  • Hyphenation: mini‧gun

Noun[edit]

minigun (plural miniguns)

  1. A machine gun with several rotating barrels, capable of firing several thousand rounds per minute.